2 new murder charges for ex-Patriot Hernandez

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Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley points to a reporter as he and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, far left, and others on his staff hold a news conference in Boston, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Conley announced that former New England Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez, who already faces a murder charge in a man’s shooting death last year, was indicted Thursday on new murder charges in an unrelated 2012 double slaying in Boston. The victims in that killing, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, were shot to death as they sat in a car in Boston’s South End on July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley points to a reporter as he and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, far left, and others on his staff hold a news conference in Boston, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Conley announced that former New England Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez, who already faces a murder charge in a man’s shooting death last year, was indicted Thursday on new murder charges in an unrelated 2012 double slaying in Boston. The victims in that killing, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, were shot to death as they sat in a car in Boston’s South End on July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley speaks as First Asst. District Attorney Patrick Haggan, far left, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, second left, listen at a news conference in Boston, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Conley announced that former New England Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez, who already faces a murder charge in a man’s shooting death last year, has been indicted Thursday on new murder charges in an unrelated 2012 double slaying in Boston. The victims in that killing, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, were shot to death as they sat in a car in Boston’s South End on July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley points to a reporter as he and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, far left, and others on his staff hold a news conference in Boston, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Conley announced that former New England Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez, who already faces a murder charge in a man’s shooting death last year, was indicted Thursday on new murder charges in an unrelated 2012 double slaying in Boston. The victims in that killing, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, were shot to death as they sat in a car in Boston’s South End on July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

In this July 16, 2012 photo, Boston Police investigate a car in which Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were shot to death near the intersection of Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue in Boston. Prosecutors on Thursday, May 15, 2014 announced that former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had been indicted on murder charges in their deaths. Hernandez is awaiting trial in a separate 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in North Attleborough, Mass., not far from Hernandez’s home. (AP photo/Courtney Sacco)

In this July 16, 2012 photo, Boston Police investigate a car in which Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were shot to death near the intersection of Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue in Boston. Prosecutors on Thursday, May 15, 2014 announced that former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had been indicted on murder charges in their deaths. Hernandez is awaiting trial in a separate 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in North Attleborough, Mass., not far from Hernandez’s home. (AP Photo/Courtney Sacco)

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BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, already in jail in connection with a 2013 shooting death, looks forward to proving his innocence on charges that he gunned down two men after a chance encounter inside a Boston nightclub a year earlier, his lawyers said.

Hernandez has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other offenses in the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. A third man was wounded in that attack.

An indictment Thursday places the gun in Hernandez’s hands weeks before he signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots and went on to catch 51 passes and score five touchdowns during the 2012 NFL season.

Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty in the killing last year of Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player whose body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough. He was released by the Patriots last summer after being arrested in Lloyd’s death.

His attorneys, Charles Rankin and James Sultan, said their client was looking forward to his day in court on the latest charges. “It is one thing to make allegations at a press conference, and another thing to prove them in a courtroom,” they said in a statement.

According to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, the night of the 2012 shootings unfolded when Hernandez and an associate went into the Cure Lounge at about the same time as the other men. The prosecutor would not describe what he called their “chance encounter,” but said there was no evidence that Hernandez knew the victims beforehand.

After the men left, Hernandez followed in an SUV and pulled up alongside the men as their vehicle was stopped at a red light in Boston’s South End, Conley said.

“Aaron Hernandez fired a .38-caliber revolver multiple times from the driver’s side of his vehicle into the passenger’s side of the victim’s vehicle,” killing de Abreu, 29 and Furtado, 28, said Conley.

The case remained unsolved for months, but following the Lloyd shooting, Conley said the SUV was found in Bristol, Connecticut, where Hernandez grew up, and the gun used in the double shooting was recovered from a person with ties to Hernandez. Previous court documents have said the vehicle was found at the home of Hernandez’s uncle.

Conley would

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